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WAKE TECH’S WESTERN WAKE CAMPUS EXPANDS AS POPULARITY GROWS

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Wake Tech's Western Wake Campus

Wake Tech has been serving students at its Western Wake Campus in Cary for more than 20 years. Now, the college is expanding courses and programs at this location to make it easier than ever to earn a college degree. And enrollment is on the rise!

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“Our programs are designed to give students options, and help them find what’s right for them,” says Wake Tech’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Reaves. “We’re increasing class offerings at our Western Wake Campus to serve increased demand – and to provide a wider range of opportunities. Students can obtain a full associate degree or take general arts and sciences courses for credits that they can take with them to a university.”

Enrollment has been growing since the COVID-19 pandemic ended. Students are thrilled to have Wake Tech courses and degree programs – plus the advantages of a full-fledged campus – so close to home.

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Western Wake is a small, but robust campus, with a library, an Individualized Learning Center for tutoring, and “smart” classrooms and labs that feature the latest technologies. Students can earn an Associate in Arts degree and transfer seamlessly to the university of their choice to complete a bachelor’s degree.

They can also pursue a business degree or IT certificate at Western Wake, or choose BioWork, a fast-track certification program that can put them right to work in the booming biopharmaceutical industry. For students in nearby high schools, it’s a great place to earn college credit in dual-enrollment courses, which they can take, free of charge, as part of the Career  and College Promise (CCP) program.

That’s not all Western Wake offers: Small business owners can find a wealth of entrepreneurship resources and support, and the Small Business Center provides one-on-one counseling, among other services, at no charge.  

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Biotechnology Class at Western Wake

Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls says the placement of the Western Wake Campus has always been intentional, and strategic: “We are committed to being accessible to the residents of southwestern Wake County. It aligns with our mission to provide equitable access to education and training to everyone across the county.”

 

Wake Tech’s Western Wake Campus is located in the Millpond Village shopping center on Kildaire Farm Road. It will have a larger, more permanent home just down the road off Highway 55 and the 540 Triangle Expressway in Apex, in the near future. “The new location,” Ralls says, “is also intentional – part of Wake Tech’s Strategic Workforce Forward Development Plan.” Plans and designs are already underway for the new campus, which will offer even more specialized programs in biotechnology and information technology. It is slated to open in 2028.

 

Applications are currently being accepted for fall 2024. Learn more and apply at waketech.edu/west.

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Biotechnology Class at Western Wake

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